The jaguar family at the San Diego Zoo is thriving! Nindiri continues to be a terrific mom to her two cubs, Tikal & Maderas. At 3 ½ months, they are growing fast, becoming skilled climbers, and can even be seen in the pool now & then. Jaguars, unlike many cats, are excellent swimmers. The cubs spend much of their day stalking each other and roughhousing, often including mom, who joins right in!
Guapo, the very handsome father, can be seen on exhibit when Nindiri and the cubs are not. Jaguars are solitary in the wild, and a mother would not tolerate having the father near her cubs.
It's both fascinating and amusing to watch the interaction between Nindiri, Tikal, & Maderas. Jaguars are known for being powerful and fierce, and yet within the family dynamic, there is plenty of playful fun!
It's a privilege to share some of my photos of these beautiful creatures.
Keywords:Baby Animal, Big Cat, Jaguar, San Diego Zoo
What a delightful collection! We're on our way to the San Diego Zoo but I doubt that we will have any better opportunity to see this growing family than through the photos you have kindly shared. Purrrrrrrr!
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